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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
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Sublimely elegant this toffee toned bock is rich with a blend of Wisconsin and German barley malts. Over four months of resting in oak bourbon barrels gives this beer a wonderfully smooth body that will improve and mellow with age. Should you choose to enjoy this classic today, you can expect a treasure of vanilla, oak and carmel notes to be bolstered by hops from France, Slovenia and Germany. Wild Brett yeast sings in harmony to the tune of Bock. 20 degrees Plato OG makes this bourbon barrel a masterwork to remember.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (2086) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle from Breeze Thru, cellar aged about a year. Pours reddish brown with many small bubbles not breaking the surface. Aroma has toffee, vanilla, vinious fruits. Taste brings vanilla, sour fruit, some caramel, some brown sugar. No bourbon-specific notes. Quite thin. Finishes sweet vanilla and somewhat fruity - not very long with any length being alcohol. Little "bock"y presence. My memory of having this fresh is it was better then.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ [ Tasting by Fin & Loz ].

Unclear medium amber colour with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, malt, alcohol, ripped fruit, oxidide malt. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruit and berry sweet, malty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20111023]

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2011
[355ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Copper coloured, thin head which reduces pretty quickly to a lacing. Bourbon and cheese on the nose – very strange. The whisky is certainly there, but that faint cheesiness is quite off-putting. Tart, sourish whisky palate. Funky – you can certainly taste the Brett. Yet sweet caramel in there as well. Alright – but maybe too much going on at one, there’s quite a clash in there [15102011]

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle at cgarvieuk tasting. Pale copper/gold, no head to speak of. Nose is slightly sulphuric, lots of raisin, big toffee. Similar flavours, slight alcohol burn. Not great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (19035) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin lacing ... cheesy bouron .... toffe malt nose ... funky sour tones ... brett ... soft toffee malt ... some dark sugers ... ok ... if a little weird.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3585) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Traded bottle. Finally learned my lesson with these NG bottles and left the sediment in the bottle! Guess I can learn after all. Yep this is something pretty different and interesting. Traditional carmely bock with some faint bourbon notes and a hint of sour from the brett. There’s a lot going on here but I think they pulled it off nicely. Not sure on the age of this bottle but it seems very smooth and well "blended."

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1538) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle at a Max tasting (thanks Paul). Pours a clear iced tea with minimal white head. Aroma has sweet notes of marshmallow, toffee cream, and coconut. Flavor is unfortunately papery with some toffee notes. Some bourbon, toffee, and cream in the finish. The cardboard/paper gets in the way. I could tell this was good in it’s day, but it’s now past its peak.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Bottle at Max’s impromptu tasting. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Touches of bourbon and old spicy plums. A bit funky. Odd and lightly astringent. Sweet, interesting. Bourbon and an odd sweetness on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of some generous dude. Thanks! Red orange appearance with a cream colored head. Bourbon, caramel malts, sweet, oaky nose that’s pretty nice. Pretty oaky, sweet caramel malty flavor. Fun, tasty brew but pretty simple with basically a dull caramel flavor over some wood aging.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa ’10. Pours a murky brownish-amber color with a thin short-lived head. The aroma consists of strong bourbon, raisins, plums, funky cherries, and vanilla. Fairly smooth flavor; more of the New Glarus trademark funky cherry and sweet vanilla come out here with less dark fruit than aroma had me thinking. The bourbon, perhaps also less intense than it smells, still is fairly strong and lingers pretty much the whole time. Caramel joins in. Slighty tart in the finish with a light alcohol sting. Not sure when this was originally released but only very slight oxidation is present and it appears the bottle has held up very well. Nice beer. Leave it up to New Glarus to do something out of the box and make it damn good. Some similarties to the Belgian Quadruple but quite unique on it’s own.


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